Last week I posted a review on the KidzGear headphones, and promised that I’d share what we use them for these days-our “Listening Teepee.”
Long story short, summer 2014 I knew I wanted to make a teepee for the kid’s playroom. I searched Pinterest, obviously, and found tutorials for no sew* teepees like this one and this one. I got my supplies, and eventually made a (less than perfect) teepee. It was fairly simple, and we enjoyed it all summer.
Then the polar vortex hit New England, and our playroom (which is an unheated sunroom) was useless. I brought the teepee inside, and cut the posts down to fit inside our 7 ft (finished) basement ceilings. Sadly, the teepee cover got mistaken for a drop cloth while I was cutting down the posts, so we needed a new cover-cue the Smurfs, my childhood bed sheet. (It’s not like the Land of Nod teepee, but I’ve embraced it).
Once inside, I reinvented it as the “Listening TeePee.” I tucked it behind the couch, and repurposed a basket to store the headphones and any books on CD (our own and ones borrowed from the library). I made a big deal out of it, and the kids got excited. Now, it is a great place where the kids can go to have some quiet time. Plus, it has the “fort like” feel that they love without me needing to pick up all the couch cushions.
The happiness grew when we discovered Playaways, which are all in one audiobooks that don’t require another device (CDplayer, iPod, etc.). We found them at our library, and they are easy enough for even my little kids to set up themselves. Now, Jackson heads to the teepee and listens to books when he wakes up at 4:45, allowing me some extra shut eye. Logan finds his way there when he is overstimulated and needs some alone time (the pressure from the headphones helps, too!). Ava loves to bring her dolls in the teepee listen to books on CD while showing them pictures in the corresponding book. I get some downtime while they all enjoy it. It’s not perfect or even that pretty, but it makes them happy 80% of the time 🙂